Archives for November, 2011

Why Star Corpses Go Green (and so will we!)

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” -William Shakespeare In January of 2006, the Hubble Space Telescope — equipped with the greatest telescope camera ever designed — took this detailed picture of globular cluster NGC 1846. Like most globular clusters, this is a very tight, dense collection of perhaps a few hundred thousand…

“You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no…

Cold Fusion: Is it Possible? Is it Real?

“Between cold fusion and respectable science there is virtually no communication at all. …because the Cold-Fusioners see themselves as a community under siege, there is little internal criticism. Experiments and theories tend to be accepted at face value, for fear of providing even more fuel for external critics, if anyone outside the group was bothering…

Giving Thanks, and Giving Back

“Time and money spent in helping men to do more for themselves is far better than mere giving.” -Henry Ford Here in the United States, it’s American Thanksgiving, our annual harvest festival. Traditionally, it’s the one day out of the year where we spend it with the people most important to us, and give genuine…

“Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul.” -Victor Hugo Everyone knows the Earth revolves around the Sun, which takes a year,…

Weekend Diversion: I want to go to there

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain Although I spend the majority of my time here writing…

Q: “Why don’t physicists shield themselves from neutrinos?” A: “Because they never see them coming.” #neutrinojokes Over the past two months, we’ve talked more about neutrinos than ever before thanks to an extraordinary claim that neutrinos have been observed to move faster-than-light! And as you well know, no particle is allowed to travel through spacetime…

“She eyes me like a pisces when I am weak I’ve been locked inside your Heart Shaped box for weeks I’ve been drawn into your magnet tar pit trap I wish I could eat your cancer when you turn black” -Nirvana, Heart-Shaped Box By looking at the right combinations of wavelengths of light, one can…

A New Challenge, A New Job, and A New Chance

“If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.” -Abraham Lincoln It was nearly four years ago that I started blogging back at my old site, branching out from the hardcore research of physical cosmology and the teaching of physics and astronomy, and into…

Found: The First Atoms In The Universe!!!

“We don’t understand how a single star forms, yet we want to understand how 10 billion stars form.” -Carlos Frenck When we look out into the distant Universe, we’re also looking back into the Universe’s past. The farther away an object is, the longer it’s taken its light to travel from it to our eyes.…